It’s Cinnamon Bear time!
Lots of homeschoolers say that we are responsible for getting them hooked on “The Cinnamon Bear” when we first featured it eleven years ago – though I suspect many of them would have eventually discovered this wonderful old-time-radio children’s program on their own. But one thing’s for certain – over the past decade listening to “The Cinnamon Bear” has become a treasured holiday tradition for thousands of homeschooling families.
There’s just something about popping up some popcorn, warming up the cider, cuddling up on the sofa with your kids, and filling your house with the SAME wonderful holiday season stories and music your grandparents (or GREAT grandparents) enjoyed when they were young too. It is magic. If your family hasn’t experienced “The Cinnamon Bear”, YOU just might need to start the tradition too.
So what is “The Cinnamon Bear”?
First broadcast on the radio way back in 1938, The Cinnamon Bear is the classic tale of Judy and Jimmy Barton, who discover that the silver star which is supposed to go on the top of their Christmas tree has gone missing from their attic. As they search for it, they encounter a teeny tiny bear just two inches high – Paddy O’Cinnamon (aka The Cinnamon Bear) – who shows Judy and Jimmy how to shrink down to his own size.
At that point, the story really begins as the three friends set out on a journey to Maybeland in pursuit of the Crazy Quilt Dragon, who took the ornament. Over the course of the 26 episode series, they encounter a host of delightful characters, including the Inkaboos, the Candy Pirates (who are my personal favorites), The Wintergreen Witch, Fe Fo the Giant, and even Santa Claus himself. It’s a delightful old timey, family-safe fairy tale for listeners of all ages, with lovely music, fun characters, and an engrossing (you-can’t-listen-to-just-one) storyline.
Traditionally, these 15 minute programs were broadcast each year beginning the day after Thanksgiving, right up to Christmas Eve… one episode each day. Of course, nowadays most kids – knowing the entire series is stashed away on your computer or ipod – want to listen to it at a much faster clip than just “one a day”, so many families go through two or three or more episodes per day. (Warning: Once you get started, it’s pretty hard to stop.)
Start your own holiday tradition
Ready to give it a listen? We’ve got all 26 episodes of “The Cinnamon Bear” series lined up for you, and we invite you to give them a listen and join in the fun. You can listen to or download the first batch right here. Click the link to listen online, or RIGHT CLICK the link to download to your PC. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save the file.
Chapter 1: Paddy O’Cinnamon
Chapter 2: Weary Willy
Chapter 3: Crazy Quilt Dragon
Chapter 4: The Inkaboos
Chapter 5: Wesley the Wailing Whale
Chapter 6: Samuel Seal
If your kids like these, then just join our special “Cinnamon Bear” email list and we’ll email you all the rest of them, plus some wonderful goodies to go with them too (check ’em out below)!
Why not give The Cinnamon Bear and his friends a listen this year and take your kids on a journey to Maybeland yourself? It just may be the start of a delightful new/old family holiday tradition in your home as well!